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Planet of the Apes: Firehouse “Jokes”

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Pass the Salt? When is a “joke” really ritualized hazing or bullying? I worked in a firehouse once where three members decided to place pubic hair in the kitchen salt shakers. The same crew would also rub their exposed genitals up against anyone they thought they could. That’s called whipping it out. The officer-in-charge knew […]

Fairfax: The Best of “Family Night”

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No Moms Left Behind Peggy Fox, a WUSA reporter, talked to a parent who confirmed that during a recent Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Family Night for recruit firefighters, a “captain said that “some practical jokes go on in the station with the new recruits some might call it hazing, some might call it bullying.” […]

Comey (Mostly) Self Destructs

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Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey because the short-term political stars aligned nearly perfectly in the president’s favor. Comey is to blame for the circumstances. In the Clinton email investigation Comey defied FBI investigative procedure when he revealed the results of one investigation or the fact that the other would be conducted. In the […]

Schaitberger on USFA’s Onieal: “Take Him Out”

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IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger has reportedly indicated that he will “take out” Denis Onieal, the acting administrator of the United States Fire Administration (USFA). Schaitberger is said to have made his threat at a recent meeting of Metro Chiefs. His reason? The National Fire Information Reporting System (NFIRS) and the National Fire Operations Reporting […]

War: Boys and Their Toys

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July Fourth, Early This past Thursday the US military deployed the GBU-43, the largest non-nuclear weapon in the arsenal, at a cave site reputed to be used by ISIS in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province. For the military it’s the equivalent of  being able to take that brand new Harley you bought out for a spin after a […]

Joe Blow on Pete Gorman

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“Joe Blow”, a sometimes commenter who often takes me to the woodshed, at least metaphorically, wrote in responding to a recent Dave Anders rant about me, the IAFF and Gorman. He had this to say about a Dave Anders comment: “Did you just refer to Pete Gorman as a fly? The man is a colossus […]

IAFF Spying and Corruption: Backdraft Writes In

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“As a 38 year IAFF member, I  have to confess that I must not have been paying attention.  As close as I am to retirement, it would be so easy to ignore this stuff. However, if we can’t operate our Union without hiring private detectives to spy on other Members, then we’ve already lost.  Where […]

IAFF in Court: Shady Schait Goes Fishing

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Forty-One Years That’s how long I have been a proud member of the IAFF, I joined in 1976 when I was nineteen-years-old and W.H. “Howie” McClennan was our International President; I met him at one of the first local union meetings I attended. I kept in touch with Howie; he would occasionally call me at […]

Ethics: The Navy and Fat Leonard

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7th Fleet Mafia The US Justice Department has charged nine more senior Navy officials in the long-running scandal where the Japan-based 7th fleet staff conducted what amounts to a continuing criminal enterprise as they illegally passed information to Leonard Francis, owner of Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA). “Fat Leonard”, as he is known, used the […]

History: Some Presidential Tweets

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General George Washington on Traitor Benedict Arnold Damn that Arnold, traitor turn-coat, left wife behind too, no worry-we will treat her well–pretty young thing.  SO SAD! Adams to Jefferson on Missing His Inauguration  Tommy, skipping the big “do”, catching early stage to Philly, give Sally a kiss and my best to the kiddies. DRESS WARM! […]

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